Twins fire Paul Molitor

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The Minnesota Twins have fired Paul Molitor. They will have a new manager for the 2019 season.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Twins have had “productive conversations” with Molitor about transitioning to a different role in the organization, however, so it’s not like they’re kicking him to the curb. They still gotta pay him too, of course, as they still owe him $3.25 million over the next two years thanks to a contract extension granted last offseason.

Molitor led the Twins for four seasons. In that time they went 305-343, yo-yoing between pretty good, terrible, pretty good and disappointing in that time. They won 85 games and the Wild Card last year — winning Molitor the Manager of the Year Award — and there were high hopes heading into 2018 as a result. Those hopes went unfulfilled and that’s what cost Molitor his job, it would seem.

Molitor was a Hall of Fame player, a long time coach and instructor, and anyone who knows much about him can tell you that his baseball IQ — and general IQ — is extraordinarily high. He never got more than expected out of his club, however, and half the time got much less. It’s also worth noting that he was not hired by the current Twins baseball operations team, led by Derek Falvey and Thad Levine, and baseball ops teams like to have their own guys. As such, he likely had a shorter leash than other mangers might.

The Twins, it would seem, would be in the market for a motivator.


Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.